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Sponging JLP01_09_880416a

Laing Sports Ground, Rowley Lane, Elstree, Barnet, Greater London. Three people throwing wet sponges at a man attempting to cross a spinning balance beam over a tank of water, part of the Its a Knockout competition at the 1988 Family Day at Laings Sports Ground.
Attractions at that years Family Day included; a parade of vintage cars, helicopter rides, plate smashing, stalls, an Its a Knockout style competition and tennis and six-a-side football tournaments. The event was opened by John Conteh, former world light heavy weight champion and ended with a barbecue and disco. The Its a Knockout competition was won by a team from the Laing Homes Division, Milton Keynes

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1980s Laing Spirit People Sport And Recreation Water Its A Knockout


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This print captures the lively and fun-filled atmosphere of the 1988 Family Day at Laing Sports Ground in Elstree, Barnet, Greater London. In this particular moment frozen in time, three enthusiastic participants are seen gleefully throwing wet sponges at a brave man attempting to cross a spinning balance beam over a tank of water as part of the thrilling "It's a Knockout" competition. The event was jam-packed with an array of exciting attractions for all ages. Vintage cars paraded through the grounds, offering spectators a glimpse into automotive history. Adventurous souls had the opportunity to take helicopter rides and experience breathtaking views from above. The air was filled with excitement as people engaged in plate smashing and explored various stalls. However, it was undoubtedly the "It's a Knockout" competition that stole the show. Teams battled it out in exhilarating challenges like this one, testing their agility and teamwork amidst laughter and cheers from onlookers. Former world light heavyweight champion John Conteh had the honor of opening this unforgettable event, which concluded with a mouthwatering barbecue feast and an energetic disco to dance away any remaining energy. This remarkable photograph not only encapsulates the spirit of sport and recreation but also serves as a nostalgic reminder of joyous times spent together during those vibrant 1980s days.

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